"But you and I both know there's more to it than mere grades, don't we? I care about the whole child--his happiness, his self esteem. (Tyler 54)
"It's like a prison there, you know? You've got to go to every class, you can never step off the school grounds" (Tyler 21)
The connection between the Rat Race and School is one of the causes for Donny to feel consistently pressured. He feels that school is constraining and feels that he doesn't belong in the rat race in general.
When questioned by the principal as to why he was there, Paul stated, politely enough, that he wanted to come back to school. This was a lie (Cather 3)
It was a highly respectable street, where all the houses were exactly alike, and where business men of moderate means begot and reared large families of children,... all of whom were as exactly alike as their homes, and of a piece with the monotony in which they lived. (Cather 19)
He happened to be the young man who was daily held up to Paul as a model, and after whom it was his father's dearest hope that he would pattern....He was clerk to one of the magnates of a great steel corporation, and was looked upon in Cordelia Street as a young man with a future (Cather 24)
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